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This is the view you can admire entering the old roman port of Ventotene, one of the Pontine islands, belonging to Lazio Region (the most important and known of them is Ponza) and about 30 miles away from the coast.
Romans built the whole harbor digging the rocks, and they also created artificial pools to grow up fish (you can see part of the caves under the lighthouse building); not far from the village there are also ruins of Augustus emperor villa, in a spectacular position near the sea.
Special look of this little town is given by the light pastel colors of the buildings, often not well maintaned but particular for this reason…
A sad reason for which Ventotene is known, is the old prison in the near Santo Stefano island, built by Borbone kings of Naples and used until 1965: many politic prisoners spent years in this place, the most lonely and far among italian prisons.
Now boat trips leaving the roman port of Ventotene bring in a few minutes tourists to visit this old building, in its way a good example of prison architecture.

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